Minds We Meet—Arozo Azma

Who are your fellow students?  At times, in an online learning environment, it can feel like you are all alone, but across the nation and around the globe, students just like you are also pursuing their Athabasca University (AU) studies!  Each week, The Voice Magazine will be bringing you some of these stories.  If you… Read more »

Surviving Insomnia—How to Get Your Best Night’s Sleep

Everyone knows that sleep is important.  Not getting enough sleep can affect our physical, mental, and cognitive health.  Unfortunately, our high stress and constantly on-the-go world doesn’t encourage getting a good night’s sleep, and many of us struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling rested in the morning.  In fact, according to the Centres… Read more »

Giants Start Small

Potential is defined as the differing qualities and abilities that determine what an individual can achieve in the future.  The label “high potential” gets thrown around on everyone from children to athletes when trying to quantify their likelihood for future success.  However, being able to realize potential may have more to do with how educators… Read more »

How To Get Inspired

To be inspired, you first need to believe you have no limitations. Your perceived limitations are all lies.  If someone tells you that you can’t achieve a (moral) dream, they’ve just told you a lie. Everyone has perceived limitations.  One senior with a chronic disease whom I know is in forced poverty from her senior’s… Read more »

Music Review—Black Sheep

Artist: Still Insane Album: Black Sheep Formed in 2006, Still Insane is a punk rock band from Quebec City.  According to them, their goal is simple: to play fast, to play loud, and to play everywhere.  The band’s latest EP, Black Sheep, will be released on February 4th, 2022.  Meanwhile, the title track “Black Sheep”… Read more »

Dear Barb—Tune Changing

Dear Barb: Hi, I have a dilemma.  I chose not to get vaccinated from Covid.  I must admit I bought into the conspiracy theories.  I did not think the virus was anything serious and that it would eventually just disappear as Donald Trump said.  However now we are into three years, and it is not… Read more »

Editorial—Welcome to 2022!

We made it! Well, most of us, anyway.  I hope you all enjoyed our Best of issue, and if you missed it, don’t forget that you can always grab the PDF version of it and have it all in one handy file. This is the first all original issue of 2022.  And while it’s not… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Well, it’s almost halfway through January already, but it’s never too late for some New Year’s Resolutions, as demonstrated by this pair of articles, which were each published on January 13th in their respective years. Success is all in the planning.  Katie D’Souza explains how to achieve resolution success with tips on outlining your goals… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Community Care

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Valentine’s Day Vows to You!

It’s one-month away from Valentine’s Day!  And what a blissful holiday, bursting with love, affection, and romance.  And do I have a treat for you.  You have a mystery Valentine and this fairy tale love is greater than the love of any mother.  It’s love that expects nothing in return.  It’s pure, unconditional love. The… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group What AU students excel at:  peer support.  A student ready to quit AU studies asks for advice, and dozens of students respond with encouragement, guidance, and shared experiences. Discord Bitterly-cold bathroom humour.  During an extreme cold-weather event, students in the #coffee-shop-lounge swap cold stories, including frozen toilets (and frozen turds.)  This, naturally,… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  E. Wayne Kay Undergraduate Scholarship, and others Sponsored by:  SME Education Foundation Deadline:  February 1, 2022 Potential payout:  varies by scholarship Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be permanent residents of Canada or the U.S., be enrolled full-time in a degree program in manufacturing engineering, technology, or a closely-related field, in Canada or the U.S.,… Read more »

DIY Matcha Shortbread Cookies

My all-time favorite secret sauce (or rather powder) for my baking is matcha.  Despite not being the most enthusiastic baker, I certainly love occasionally treating myself, my friends, and my family with some homemade matcha snacks.  As of late, my favorite matcha treat is the matcha shortbread cookie.  Pair the soft, crumbly texture of shortbread… Read more »

AUSU Update!

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact services@ausu.org with questions. AUSU presents Research Week! Broaden your academic experience, enhance your resume or CV, and strengthen your graduate studies application by conducting undergraduate research at Athabasca University! Have your questions answered in an evening with Dr Andrew Perrin, see why and how students… Read more »